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Internationally renowned countertenor Charles Humphries is a familiar face around St. Pauls, singing regularly with the parish choir and the boys' and girls' choirs. This short series of three evening concerts in the winter of 2015 is designed by Mr. Humphries to support Music at St. Paul's.
Admission is free, with a goodwill offering (a suggested minimum of $20). Stay tuned for further details.
Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
"Never weather beaten Sail"
Mr. Humphries will be performing English Renaissance songs in the atrium of St. Paul's, K Street with New York based lutenist Kevin Payne (Juilliard, Les Arts Florissants). Featuring songs with texts ranging from melancholic misery, abandoned love, and joyous hope, interspersed with lute solos, this will be an evening of great entertainment and pure beauty. Performed in the spacious atrium with the audience in the round, this is a unique musical opportunity, with the intimate setting allowing for a fuller understanding of text and sentiment.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
"Ode on the death of Henry Purcell"
Westminster Abbey comes to St. Paul's with music by two of the Abbey's, and England's, finest composers: Mr. Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and Dr. John Blow (1649-1708).
The second concert of our winter series sees some of the finest musicians on the East coast come together, performing songs, arias and duets interspersed with instrumental items. Performing in the sanctuary of St. Paul's, this music will fill the beautiful acoustic and create an atmosphere second to none. The tour de force of this evening's concert will be the great “Ode on the death of Henry Purcell” written by Dr. John Blow. Blow preceded Purcell both in years as well as appointments and eventually became professor to Purcell. It was Blow's admiration for Purcell's genius that inspired him to write the Ode.
Friday, March 27, 2015
"Leçons de ténèbrae"
3 settings by François Couperin for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Mr. Bohl joins Mr. Humphries again in this mesmerizing piece of French Baroque with Maestro Robert McCormick making a guest appearance on continuo organ.
The final concert in the winter series takes place on Friday March 27th 2015 at 7:00 p.m. After two extremely well received, and highly entertaining concerts in January and February, we wait with great excitement and anticipation for the closing concert of 2015. Continuing with the high class performances that we have come to expect from the musicians in this debut festival, the closing concert brings us a French baroque flavour from the pen of François Couperin.
This beautifully crafted composition, using the text of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, comes to St Pauls offering a contemplation and reflection in this continuing Lenten period. With the sanctuary bathed in darkness, flickering candles accompany this programme with the English text being narrated before each Leçon is performed allowing the listener to absorb the sheer desolation and misery of Jerusalem before the music ellaborates and accentuates the sheer beauty and message.
St Paul's very own Fr. Dominique Peridans will narrate these heart-breaking texts in this magical performance, giving the dramatic and spell-binding delivery that they deserve. This is a performance of theatre and drama and musical perfection that is not to be missed. With a suggested goodwill offering of $20 make a date in your diary for Friday, March 27th 2015. Join us and begin your journey in the beautiful setting of St Paul's Church. With four of the finest musicians on the East Coast coming together, this is an evening to not be missed.